Lexi Hargesheimer doesn’t have to look far for her inspiration. The East Wake Academy valedictorian has always been motivated from within.
“I’ve always put a lot of pressure on myself. This wasn’t anything that came from my parents or my teachers. They were never really pushing me to become the valedictorian, but it was something I wanted,” she said. “I realized before high school that if I kept my grades up, I would have more opportunities.”
Hargesheimer, 18, first enrolled in East Wake Academy in the eighth grade. She was named the valedictorian of her eighth-grade class and decided then that she’d like to achieve the same mark in high school. The daughter of Kent and Lisa Hargesheimer of Wake Forest, she will attend the Honors College at Appalachian State University in the fall, where she plans to enroll in an interdisciplinary studies program with an emphasis on filmmaking and electronic media. Her dream job, she says, would be to land a gig as a television screenwriter.
When she marches across the stage to get her diploma on Wednesday night at Meymandi Hall in Raleigh, Hargesheimer will carry a 4.625 grade point average. Honors and Advanced Placement courses pushed her GPA up from an unweighted 3.9.
But Hargesheimer has never been one-dimensional. She was a leader on the East Wake Academy softball team which, this year, set a record for the most successful season in school history. She was also the student body president and an officer in the school’s National Honor Society. She’s also been an active member of her youth group at Wake Forest United Methodist Church.
She says staying involved with activities outside the classroom has helped her develop her time management skills, something she believes will help her in college. “I would always have to come home and know that I had all these things I had to do and it just sort of kept me going knowing that I had to get it done,” Hargesheimer said.
Despite the tools and skills she’s acquired over a successful high school career, Hargesheimer knows moving away to college will be a challenge, most importantly, because she will be leaving her parents and sister, Lindsey, behind.
“They’ve always been around and available to help me if I needed it, but they will be a long way away when I’m in college. But my dad has made it clear that if I need them, they will still be there,” Hargesheimer said.